Phase out over-the-air signals? (was: Re: WCRB to simulcaston88.7inR.I.)

Kevin Vahey
Sat Jun 4 11:14:25 EDT 2011

Of course there was insane featherbedding years ago.....

My favorite tale is how Westinghouse snookered IBEW at WBZ

1228 demanded that union controlled anything with a VU meter - Westinghouse
said fine

Then BZ installed combo boards with no meters for the jocks....

IBEW still had master control and the main talk show studio - Glick they
just let him figure out the carts on his on.....

On Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 9:37 AM, Donna Halper <> wrote:

> Kevin wrote--
>  Dr. Halper can recall the horror show of Dick Booth from WNEU to WRKO
>> during the IBEW strike
> Ah yes, and I also recall mangers (GMs and PDs) being pressed into service
> on air when regular announcers wouldn't cross the picket line.  If I recall
> correctly, Mel Phillips ended up doing a shift.  But a bigger concern is
> whether a giant conglomerate like Comcast will do away with labor
> protections entirely if given the chance.  Okay fine, it's fashionable to
> bash unions and I know there a excesses that folks who are not fans of IBEW
> or AFTRA can find, but it's pretty well documented that union shops pay
> better, and Comcast (and others companies like them) would be perfectly
> happy to pay people lower wages and make them work longer hours!  Just
> saying.

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